Agency and Mind Control in Andre Norton’s Ice Crown

Now that I’ve read and reread a wide range of Norton novels from the Fifties to the early years of the new millennium, I’ve concluded that, for me, her “golden age” ran from the early Sixties through the mid-Seventies. Her official “Golden Age of SF” books of the Fifties have a distinct retro charm, and her later works kept on trucking for decades, delivering the patented Norton themes and settings and the occasional new one—and then there are her many collaborations with younger writers, some of them truly fine. But from about 1962 until about 1976, she wrote the novels that spoke to me most clearly and influenced my own writing the most.

I managed to miss Ice Crown at the time (1970). It hasn’t displaced any of my favorites from the period. But it’s classic Sixties/Seventies Norton.

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Riot Baby ARC Sweepstakes!

Marlon James (author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf) says Tochi Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby “bursts at the seams of story with so much fire, passion and power that in the end it turns what we call a narrative into something different altogether.” – and we want to send you a copy!

 

Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor’s son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven’t happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands.

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Revealing Aliya Whiteley’s The Loosening Skin

When people shed their skin every seven years, it’s just a fact of life that we will cast off all the attachments of our old life. And when our loves are part of us, those memories of love can be bought, if you know the right people. Introducing the new drug, Suscutin, that will prevent the moult. Now you can keep your skin forever. Now you never need to change who you are…

We’re excited to share the cover and preview an excerpt from Aliya Whiteley’s The Loosening Skin, publishing in June 2020 with Titan Books!

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What Are The 3–Now 4–“Unanswered Questions” from The Wheel of Time?

In 2013, The Wheel of Time concluded with the publication of the final volume, A Memory of Light, written by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Jordan’s world is detailed and expansive, so it was inevitable that there simply wouldn’t be room within the narrative to answer every question raised within the series.

[Spoilers ahead for the very end of The Wheel of Time!]

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The Great Man Theory and Historical Change in SFF

The question of what factors drive historical change has intrigued historians from the very beginning, when the earliest scholars first turned their attention to studying and interpreting the past. To find the answer(s) to this key question, historians make use of social science theories. These theories help make sense of the inherent contradictions found in human behavior and human society.

[One of the most persistent theories is The Great Man Theory…]

9 Canonical Star Wars Books for Every Fandom Need

There’s only a month until the release of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, but maybe that’s still not soon enough? If you’re already jonesing for more Star Wars, there’s always The Mandaloriancurrently in the midst of its first season—but there are plenty of other adventures waiting in a galaxy far far away. Here’s a shortlist of our favorite Star Wars novels, with something for every type of fan!

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Tor Books Will Publish Moon Fall, a New Fantasy Series by James Rollins

Last week, Tor Books announced the acquisition of Moon Fall, a brand-new fantasy series from James Rollins, best known for his best-selling works in the thriller genre. According to a press release, the series has been in the works for eight years and combines the author’s “fascination with the natural world, his love of adventure, and his knowledge of the wonders found at the evolutionary fringes of scientific exploration.”

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Five Authors Who Taught Me How to Write Fantasy

Todd: Welcome back, readers. Big shout-out to all those who took the time to leave a comment or suggestion on our last articles, Five Forgotten Swordsmen and Swordswomen of Fantasy and Five Classic Sword-and-Planet Sagas.

Howard: We do everything by fives.

Todd: At least we have a system! Today, in honor of my friend Howard’s brand-new fantasy novel Upon the Flight of the Queen, which arrives in hardcover on November 19, we’re going to try something a little different. Since I have a real live fantasy author up here at the podium with me—and one whose influences are well known—we’re going to take the opportunity to look at some of the greatest fantasists of all time, and the different ways each of them teach us to write fantasy.

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Rosa Salazar, Catherine Keener, and More to Star in a Netflix Adaptation of Todd Grimson’s Brand New Cherry Flavor

Todd Grimson’s Brand New Cherry Flavor is going to be a Netflix show! Deadline has reported that the cult horror noir will be an eight-episode series starring Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel), Catherine Kenner (Get Out), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Eric Lange (Unbelievable), and Jeff Ward (Marvel’s Agents of Shield).

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